A place for learning

Nigel Hastings, Josh Schwieso, Kevin Wheldall

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A classroom is a place for learning, but what sort of environment should it provide? All school architects have faced this question and changes in the solutions they have attempted are not difficult to detect from a casual survey of primary schools. Many of those built in the 1 870s, when schooling became compulsory, are still in use today. Their high ceilings, high windows and austere features contrast sharply with schools built in recent decades when the trend has been to arrange for children to be able to see out, to make the space light and to bring the outside inside, with an emphasis on creating a stimulating and open environment. The two styles embody differing assumptions about the nature of teaching and learning in school.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEffective primary teaching
Subtitle of host publicationresearch-based classroom strategies
EditorsPaul Croll, Nigel Hastings
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781315067742, 9781134088850, 9781134088782
Publication statusPublished - 1996

Bibliographical note

1st edition published 1996. Ebook published 2013


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